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Eagles’ DeSean Jackson expected to miss Vikings game

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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings but is hoping to play the following week against the Dallas Cowboys, according to league sources.

Jackson is targeting a return Week 7 against Dallas but that’s not a slam dunk. The current return window is believed to be between Week 7 and Week 9 against the Chicago Bears as he continues to heal from an abdominal strain suffered Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons.

“DeSean, we’re going to progress him this week, get him on the field, see what he can do from a rehab standpoint only, see where he’s at, and go from there,” coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday.

“I would think with a guy like DeSean, he’s a track guy, he’s a runner, obviously he’s got to have a level of comfort with that injury, all the stopping and starting and things of that nature. It’s really until I think he gets to that point that we make a decision.”

Jackson did not practice Wednesday.

The original hope was that Jackson would be out two weeks, but upon further consultation he opted to allow the injury to heal longer. Even so, there’s an expectation that he’ll have to play through pain when he does return.

The Eagles acquired the 32-year-old Jackson from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March to give Carson Wentz a deep threat. The two connected for a pair of 50-yard touchdowns in the opener against the Washington Redskins. Predictably, the Eagles have become less explosive in his absence. Philadelphia currently ranks 22nd in pass plays of 20-plus yards (14).

“We still feel we have the guys that are capable, without a doubt,” Wentz said of generating big plays downfield. “Obviously DeSean is his own type of player in that regard, but we still feel that we’re capable of doing that and we’ll still attack downfield when it’s there.”

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Los Angeles Chargers’ Mike Pouncey to have neck surgery

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers center Mike Pouncey will undergo neck surgery and miss the rest of the season, coach Anthony Lynn said.

Lynn said he doesn’t if the injury will end Pouncey’s career. He said he is thankful that Pouncey will be OK.

Pouncey suffered the neck injury during last weekend’s loss to the Denver Broncos.

With Pouncey out, Dan Feeney will move from left guard to center and Forrest Lamp will move into the starting lineup at left guard.

The Chargers began the year without cornerstone left tackle Russell Okung, who was placed on the non-football illness list due to a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots he suffered during offseason work in June.

With Pouncey and Okung out, the Chargers have just one player on the starting offensive line with more than three years of NFL experience, sixth-year right guard Michael Schofield.

The Chargers filled the vacant roster spot by signing offensive lineman Ryan Groy to the active roster.

A Pro Bowler in 2018, Pouncey signed a two-year, $15 million deal last season to join the Chargers in free agency after the Miami Dolphins released him in a cost-cutting move.

Just before the regular season, Pouncey signed a one-year, $9 million extension that keeps him with the Chargers through the 2020 season.

Pouncey, 30, was voted a team captain this season. He had not missed a game since joining the Chargers.

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Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes says ankle injury won’t limit his mobility vs. Texans

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes said his injured left ankle wouldn’t limit his ability in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes reaggravated the injury in last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts when he was stepped on accidentally by a teammate.

“I actually feel pretty good today,” the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said. “I feel like after the (Colts) game, it was sore after the game. But it’s feeling pretty good today so I’m glad to be able to go out there and practice on it and get it moving around and stuff like that. I feel like I’ll be fine playing and moving around and still doing what I need to do to win.

“It’s not perfect. I guess you would say that. But it’s good enough where I can run, cut, cut off of it and do all that type of stuff.”

Mahomes originally injured the ankle during a Week 1 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been listed on the injury report each week since then, though he has missed no practice time.

“We’re not going to put him in harm’s way,” coach Andy Reid said. “That’s not how we roll here. If we thought it was going to hurt him down the road he wouldn’t be in there.”

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Travis Kelce regrets shoving Chiefs offensive coordinator, says ‘we’re good’

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said he regretted shoving offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on the sideline during a moment of frustration in Sunday night’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

“We’re good,” Kelce said Wednesday. “Me and Coach Bieniemy have a very close relationship. I love him. He’s helped me out tremendously as a person, as a professional and I’m sure he’ll keep doing that throughout the rest of my career. … I love the guy. That will never change. I appreciate him being on my tail to get me going.

“As far as what happened on the sideline, sometimes in football you get a little heated with your brothers or your coaches.”

Kelce shoved Bieniemy on the sideline after he dropped a difficult but catchable pass early in the game. The two had to be pulled apart — Kelce by guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif; Bieniemy by tackle Cam Erving.

Kelce soon returned to hug the offensive coordinator.

“He’s like a father-figure, in terms of being there for me on the field,” Kelce said. “We’re wired a little bit the same when it comes to our competitive edge. … It’s something immediately I regretted and I just wanted to make it good and let him know that, ‘You know what? I’m ready to rock and roll for you.'”

Kelce was frustrated at other points during the 19-13 loss, shouting more than once at officials after an opponent wasn’t penalized for pass interference.

He had problems controlling his temper during games earlier in his career. He was ejected from a 2016 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars for picking a penalty flag off the ground and throwing it at an official.

“I haven’t felt like that in a while,” Kelce said. “That’s definitely something I’ve been thinking about a lot, just how to handle a lot of those situations. Looking back, seeing how I connected the dots after maybe a frustrating play and how to kind of [narrow] in and be able to attack on the next play with a clear mind.

“It’s football. It’s not always going to go your way, so I’ve just got to maintain the level of focus and the level of excitement that I have for the game.”

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he felt no need to calm Kelce during the game.

“He’s played this game for a long time and he understands how to have success,” Mahomes said. “Obviously, I’m going to try to pump him up and have him ready on every single play because he can get open on every single play.

“He knows how to handle this game. He knows how to have success. I’m going to let him go through what he needs to go through in order to do that.”

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